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University of Essex

This is Essex: home to the daring and the tenacious, a place for the ambitious and the bold. This is a close-knit, supportive and welcoming community, with a powerful and pioneering global outlook.

With over 15,000 students from more than 140 different countries, making Essex one of the most internationally diverse universities on the planet – you’ll find the world in one place here at Essex. Essex is University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018) and ranked Top 30 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. They are proud to have provided excellence in research and excellence in education for over 50 years.

At Essex you’re taught by world-leading academics in a supportive and research-intensive environment. Essex is ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2017) which means they deliver an excellent educational experience. The trailblazing research continues to change the world for the better and Essex is ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2019). Essex is loved by students too, and is top 15 in England for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2019, mainstream universities*).

Whether you study in the beautiful historic parkland of the Colchester Campus, the bustling lively town centre of Southend-on-Sea, or in the stately home at Loughton, this is your chance to become a member of the one of the happiest groups of students around. The flexibility of courses gives you the power to pursue the things that matter to you. Now’s your chance to join Nobel Prize-winners, award-winning directors, presidents, well-loved actors, astronauts, and over 100,000 other alumni who have gone on to shape the world and share their Essex spirit.

Up for a challenge and want to make an impact on the world around you?

For more information about applying to the University of Essex, please contact one of our Across the Pond Advisors

*Non-specialist higher education institutions with a survey population of at least 500.

Student population: 15,000

Number of international students: 40%

City population: 180,000

Location: three campuses, all located within one hour of central London. The largest campus is located in a suburban setting in Colchester

Closest airports: London Stansted (1 hour), London Heathrow (2 hours)

Date of establishment:1964

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Human Rights, Economics, Sociology and Art History

Cost of Tuition per year: from £16,850 per year (2021/22)

Accommodation cost: From £102 per week

Notable alumni:

  • Dr Oscar Arias Sanchez (Winner of Nobel Peace Prize and former President of Costa Rica)
  • Dr Rodolfo Neri Vela (Mexico’s first astronaut)
  • Daniel Libeskind (Renowned architect, master plan architect of World Trade Centre site)
  • Sir Christopher Pissarides (Winner of Nobel Prize for Economics)
  • Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP (First female Speaker of Bangladesh’s parliament)


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Everyone has different backgrounds and brings different perspectives to the classes, which makes it more rewarding.